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Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Former Representative for Michigan’s 13th District

pronounced jon // KON-yerz

Conyers was the representative for Michigan’s 13th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2013 to 2017.

He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 14th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012; and the representative for Michigan’s 1st congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1992.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

On December 5, 2017, Conyers resigned from office at the start of an investigation for sexual harassment, age discrimination, and improper use of official resources for personal purposes.

Nov. 21, 2017 House Committee on Ethics opened an investigation
Dec. 5, 2017 Conyers resigned from office.

In 2017 Conyers was investigated for compensating staff for work in 2016 not commensurate with pay with House of Representatives funds. The House Committee on Ethics recommended further review.

May. 11, 2017 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation
Jun. 26, 2017 House Committee on Ethics decided to extend the matter
Aug. 9, 2017 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and Rep. Conyers's response.
Dec. 5, 2017 Conyers resigned from office.
Photo of Rep. John Conyers [D-MI13, 2013-2017]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Conyers is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Conyers sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Conyers was the primary sponsor of 30 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 30 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Conyers sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (23%) Finance and Financial Sector (19%) Labor and Employment (16%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (14%) Health (13%) Agriculture and Food (6%) Law (6%) Housing and Community Development (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Conyers’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Conyers voted Nay

Conyers voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Conyers voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Conyers voted Aye

Conyers voted No

Conyers voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Conyers voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Dec 2017, Conyers missed 4,922 of 29,131 roll call votes, which is 16.9%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2017. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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